My First Gecko
The Golden Gecko
or Gekko Ulikovskii can be found in many pet stores. It is native to
Malaysia prefering heat, high humidity, and lots of trees to climb.
My Golden Gecko is very skittish and bites, but others say they are
very good pets. They are a pretty gecko, that require moderate space
and are easy to maintain. Golden Geckos are a relatively small lizard
attaining a length of just over 9".
as long as basic needs are met
least a 10gal for one gecko, though a 20gal would be suitable for two
or three. Use a screen lid for this species can and will climb glass
constantly. Never cage males together because they will fight. I use
a sand/soil/peat mixture for substrate in my enclosure; yet others
prefer a newspaper or an astroturf bottom. This an arboreal species
therefore climbing branches and cork bark should be placed inside the
cage. Also provide a hide spot for each occupant, that's big enough
for them to stretch out, including a hide box half filled with
moistened vermiculite or spragnum moss to help facilitate with
shedding. These will keep them from being as stressed. Finally a
water dish and maybe some pothos should be added to help keep up
humidity in the cage.
should be changed every couple weeks, removing fecal matter when
needed. Soil substrates can be changed every couple months,
removing fecal (poop) matter when necessary. All cage items
should be cleaned with a dilution of 1part bleach to 30parts every
few months making sure to thoroughly rinse. Water should be
changed daily. Check all electrical devices as often as
possible to help prevent fire hazards.
is a nocturnal (on the move at night time) species requiring no
UVA/UVB lighting, but it can't hurt. I use fluorescent and a
basking or incandescent bulb suspended above one end of the
enclosure. Never let the lizard touch the bulb itself, for this can
cause severe burns. The lights should be left on 12hrs a day
throughout the summer months and 9-10 hrs a day in the winter.
I recommend keeping all lighting on a timer, it saves the hassle of
manually turning on and off the lights every day.
daytime temp should be 80-90F.The nighttime temp should be between
75-85F. Temps should be slightly cooler in the wintertime.
Always allow a cooler end to help with thermo-regulation. A reptiles
surroundings determine it's body temp, so they move from end to end
as needed. Heating options include, under tank heaters covering about
1/2 to 1/3 the length of the tank, heat tape, or a basking bulb in a
ceramic fixture over head. Never use hot rocks, they often
concentrate extreme heat causing severe burns.
a tropical species, the humidity should be kept high. Heavy misting
daily should help. Also include a water dish and even some pothos to
help keep humidity up.
a general rule food items should be no larger than the width of the
head. Commonly used food items include commercially raised crickets,
meal worms, wax worms, and various other insects. Wild insects are
readily accepted, but make sure they haven't come in contact with any
pesticides. All food items should be gut loaded (fed a
nutritious diet of various greens, potatoes, and cricket food) for at
least 24hrs prior to feeding. Insects should be supplemented or
lightly coated (the easiest way is in a plastic bag) with vitamins
and minerals. The proper use of supplements can lead to a
happier, healthier gecko and reduce the risk of metabolic bone
disease. I use Rep-cal Calcium/vitD3, Herptivite, and
Miner-All. All can be found at any pet store. Babies should be
offered food items 1-2 times daily. Juveniles should be offered food
items daily. Adults should be fed 5-6 times a week. Remove most free
roaming food items if not eaten within 15-20min. A few remaining
insects should not hurt, as these geckos hang out on the glass most
of the time where crickets can not get to them.
are pretty easy to sex. Males have a V-shaped row of enlarged
pre-anal pores and hemipenal bulges at the base of the tail. Females
have pre-anal pores that are a lot less obvious and are lacking the
are the first geckos I ever owned. Lets just say they started it all.
on this page is a matter of my personal opinion. This care
sheet is merely meant to help get you started. Always do lots
of other research and do what is in the best interest of you and your pet.
Updated-03/06/03 Aaron Downing ReptileAaron@aol.com